Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Aloe Blacc - Shine Through (2006)

Aloe Blacc brings a Soul music sound that is altogether something different from most of what you've heard before. Get ready for some great, sparse, and subtle production that puts Aloe Blacc's vocalism and lyricism at the forefront. This album came out in 2006, and it still sounds fresh.

From the get go you know you are into something different. The opening track "Whole World" gives you this simple drum break and understated electronic sounds over which Aloe Blacc sings his list of musical influences. It is interesting to me that a song that consists of a list of influences sounds nothing like any of the artists being quoted. But maybe that is the point? Aloe is letting you know that you are in for something different. The opener is followed by the equally different "Long Time Coming". Musically the album has a definite Hip-Hop flavor to it (Aloe Blacc is also an MC) but it has been stripped down to a few bare essentials and slowed down in pace a bit.

Aloe Blacc - I need a Dollar

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